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. >>> the physicianel california divten days away. president obama and house speaker john boehner thousands of miles away from each other. both men left washington for the holidays. president obama and family are in his native hawaii for a short christmas break. we'll have a live report from hawaii and the latest on the fiscal cliff talks a few minutes as well. >>> it's official. bp oil company will pay up to the tune of $7.8 billion. that is a class action settlement amount they agreed to pay, about 100,000 businesses and individuals hurt by the biggest oil spill in american history. a federal judge formized the settlement yesterday. a lot of gulf coast residents opted out of the class action suit and are pursuing lawsuits on their own. >>> in egypt today, more effects of a brand-new government's growing pains. the vice president is out. he is stepping down there. this man, mahmud mechanicy announced political life does not agree with him, and he'll go back to being a judge. it's the same day the egyptian people are voting for a second straight weekend on proposed changes to the country new islamis
is that boehner and obama's proposals really aren't that far apart right now. president obama wants $1 trillion in new taxes, john boehner has said he's willing to give $1 trillion. obama said he wants $800 billion in spending cuts, same thing for boehner. but the difference comes with the once again, the tax threshold. president obama originally said he would be willing to go with the $400,000 tax threshold. and as boehner said going off obama's words, he was willing to do it at $1 million. it comes down to what that threshold is. >> karen finney, i want to ask you about the same question, this ten days business. but i also want to amendment that question or expand it. how much damage did the republicans do last night by blowing up plan "b"? in other words, does that take them out of the power position in the negotiations? >> absolutely. because i think at this point, it's pretty clear that any kind of -- boehner could not get, what? 117 votes. so it's clear whatever happens next, he's not going to be able to rely on his own caucus to make that happen. that means, who do you need? nancy pelosi
obama and speaker boehner in a room together can cut this deal. i think that boehner can't control his colleagues. >> well, yes, that's true and i've heard this sympathy for boehner idea today. i kind of share it. but on the other hand, really good politicians solve problems. he hasn't been able to solve that problem at all. look, the one thing, michael, i'm very much with you and with the folks you've been talking to in the sentiment to you and the president express. but i do want to avoid the puck is on both houses when you say democrats and republicans. at least the president has really come a long way. he gave the republicans a higher income tax threshold. he gave the chain cpi. he cut the debt ceiling in the deal. he gave them another trillion dollars in spending cuts. i think he's absolutely in the right when he says i have tried to compromise and i've been met with complete intransigence. >> an aide tells nbc news senator reid believes republicans should return to negotiating table and work with democrats that avoids the fiscal cliff all together. republicans should support pass
, there is no substitute for him talking with john boehner and it will get a deal done, it will be obama and boehner. there is nobody -- the talk about somehow or another, boehner's speakership being in jeopardy, that is nonsense, no one is coming behind him and senator mcconnell, the republican leader of the senate is up for re-election and as we saw in the senate race in kentucky a few years ago, he may have to worry about a challenge from the right if he supports a tax increase. i think president obama is doing the only sane thing he can, which is reach out to the speaker and he controls the house and, that is -- and the good news for the president is the public seems by all the polls, by the fact the election came out the way it did, to be in his corner, not the speaker's. >> rick: the president -- you want to weigh in on that? >> i just -- >> rick: americans are in favor of raising taxes on the wealthiest americans and, the president did win, november 6th. >> we have seen polls that say that, they approve tax reform and want to see real entitlement reform and want to get spending under control.
jared bernstein. jentle men, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to senate majority leader harry reed. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reed. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> jared, is this actually a setback for the president in so far as the embarrassed speaker with someone at least with whom he was dealing? and now, the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i do think it's a setback from the nation because the president and speaker boehner were actually moving to a credible, plausible compromise at the very beginning of the week. of course, that's horribly off track now when john boehner decided to go to plan b. i think the president's lever raj, if anything, is enhanced by this. the problem is that i don't know why republicans would nibble at this idea of essentia
. gentlemen, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to meeting with senate majority leader harry reid. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployed american for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. once this legislation's agreed to, i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. >> jared bernstein, is this actually a setback for the president insofar as the embarrassed speaker was someone at least with whom he was dealing and now the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i don't think so. i do think in a way it's a setback for the nation because the president and speaker boehner were actually moving to a credible plausible compromise at the very beginning of the week. and, of course, that's horfully off track now when john bo
still in disarray. seemed earlier this week, the president obama, house speaker john boehner, would get a deal that would include deficit reduction and tax reform. that has fallen apart. so there is a big question mark about what happens now. how they move forward. president obama boarded air force one friday evening with his family. as they left for hawaii. but a little earlier in the day, he met with senate majority leader harry reid and spoke with house speaker john bainer and addressed the nation on the topic of avoiding the fiscal cliff. called on lawmakers to compromi compromise, to get a deal done. he acknowledged time has run out for getting a larger package. what they need to focus on now is getting a smaller deal that will avoid taxes from going up on middle class americans. meanwhile, a very rough friday for house speaker john boehner, really spent most of the day, explaining what has been views as a political blow, when on thursday, many republicans refused to back his plan b. that is speaker boehner's alternative plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff and called for allowing ra
is the only one who can do it. >> president obama met with speaker boehner and senate majority leader harry reid today, but still there is no deal. the president took to the podium late this afternoon to explain the next step. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> you know, president obama today could have come out, and he could have just punched boehner right in the nose. he could have come out and kicked the guy today when he was politically down. but the president came out today with a demeanor of, hey, let's do a deal. it was a rough night at the office, but let's not give up on this. president obama has gone back to the basics. the days of the grand bargain he knows are over. but the president wants an extension on tax cuts for income below $250,000, as well as extended unemployment benefits. what's
please tell us what president obama said to john boehner during their phone call? >> i wish i knew, i don't have that good of sources, but i mean look, we're at a place now where it is very, very conceivably that we'll get to january one with nothing done. for a while i assumed this was noise and theater, and each side needed to demonstrate to their respective bases that they were getting what they needed to get. at this point i'm a lot more skeptical about that, and the people i talked to, that is a reported problem, they're worried about it getting done, as well. >> sam, i thought it was all noise, and bluster, as well. and it is done, as you say to try to claim the high ground, have the president look like he is really trying to avoid the cliff. boehner, i'm really tried to avoid the cliff. but the leadership at both ends realize that they will actually have to go over the cliff in order to begin to have the real conversation, which i think you know, they can really seriously start having on new year's eve. >> yeah, i mean, it seems very clear now there is one of two options available.
victory. but obama can't seem to get boehner to say yes, i claim victory on this one. and it is remarkable that that is the second time he offered cuts to social security benefits, and boehner is not willing to accept it. >> what are the white house's terms once you hit january one. and will all the same stuff be on the table? or will the president simply demand a fix in the tax rates as a starting point, pass the bill that fixes the tax rates first, then you can come up here and talk about the other stuff. >> it is a great point. and you know one of the understated aspects of this whole negotiation process is how much unemployment insurance, the payroll tax cut, and infrastructure spending has kept the white house at the table. the administration wants those three things. now they have gone away from the payroll tax code a little bit. but they want the economic stimulus, they know there is an advantage to it. once they're done, once you pass the cliff how much are they going to fight for them? obviously there was a point in the president including in his pare down today, unemployment insu
a deal going. it seemed earlier this week, richard, as though president obama and john boehner were getting close to some sort of a deal, a deal that would have dealt with deficit reduction as well as tax reform, but that all fell apart and now there's a big question mark about how they move forward and the president himself acknowledging when he addressed the nation on friday that given the tight timeframe, hopes for a larger deal have all, but faded and he's calling on congress to work together to just get a deal that would have at the very least extend lower tax rates for those making $250,000 or less and also to extend unemployment insurance and to help lay the groundwork for deficit reduction in the future. right now the expectations have been lowered a great deal in terms of what is actually possible and you heard the president say that he is still optimistic that something can get done before the january 1st deadline and of course, there's a lot of pressure for these lawmakers to get something done because if they don't the economy could go back into a recession eventa you wi
met with harry reid at the white house and spoke with house speaker john boehner. mr. obama said lawmakers need a break from fiscal cliff frustration-- much of it self- induced. >> we move forward together or we don't move forward at all so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. >> reporter: the president will follow his own advice. lawmakers and return to washington if there is a deal. >> pelley: major, thank you. as you know, this debate is all about bringing the federal budget under control. if the white house and congress can't figure it out, big across- the-board budget cuts and those tax increases we mentioned kick in automatically january 1. the so-called fiscal cliff. the republican speaker of the house tried to force through his solution last night but he couldn't keep his own party in line. nancy cordes is at the capitol. nancy? >> reporter: scott, this was an unforced error. speaker boehner did not have to bring this plan "b" bill up but he was simply trying to get more leverage in negotiati
abierto a negociaciÓn con barack obama para solucionar esta situaciÓn. >>> john boehner enfrentÓ ayer un revÉs cuando no logrÓ que legisladores republicano aprobaran propuesta diseÑada para conseguir concesiones de barack obama en las negociaciones esta noche el presidente viaja con su familia a hawai para pasar el feriado de navidad. >>> y primera gran tormenta de la temporada invernal deja hasta ahora un saldo del muerte cancelaciÓn de vuelos y caos en las carreteras del medio oeste del paÍs. >>>♪. >>> el 2012 estableciÓ nueva marca de deportaciones, la cifra oficial fue del mÁs de 490 mil. >>> y cuatro senadores dedo estados unidos hacen reclamo ciÓn a . >>> la canciÓn habla de uno blanca navidad para pero a veces la nieve no es un bello adorno de la navidad sino un gran problema a que mucho las sdrfrl era disfruto en junto a los suyos eso pasa en el medio oeste del paÍs, donde se cancelan mil vuelos por una tormenta invernal que ha provocado accidentes mortal en cinco estados, desde los Ángeles juan carlos gonzalez nos muestra problemas que implica una blanca navidad. >>
thursday after the christmas break. before leaving washington, mr. obama and house speaker john boehner both expressed hope that a deal will actually get done. >> we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle that the fundamental reform of our tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americans on -- how we get there, god only knows. >> i asked for a compromise from members of congress, i met them more than halfway on spending and met them halfway on taxes. in terms of actual dollar amounts, we're not that far apart. as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> but time is running out. to reach an agreement, there are now just ten days left until automatic tax hikes and spending cuts do take effect. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq finished in some negative territory for the day. investors fear the country could slide back into recession if there's no deal to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> staying in washington, sena
boehner right now. he's still in a tight spot and the concern that the republicans have is that obama's panel strength and as we go over the cliff and tax rates go up. but i really think the buck stops with the president here. when you go into the negotiating sessions, paul and you're expected to make concessions, but you're expect today get something in return and boehner made a major concession on rights and the president is giving him nothing in return to take that to his caucus and say, this is what happened in the horse trading. it's all or nothing, obama seems determined to humiliate the opposition. >> paul: boehner made two concessions, first 800 billion on the table in revenue and don't raise rates when the president said no he, you've got to raise rates. he said okay, a concession on rates, an offer first we'll vote for a million dollar tax increase on those making more than a million dollars, but give me something in return. then, those negotiations went nowhere, so then john boehner went to plan b. and i mean, i think you sense at least when i talk to boehner's people the e
for christmas. tara mergener on the president's parting thoughts. >> reporter: president obama called on house speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table to avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> reporter: the house did not even vote on speaker john boehner's proposed plan b because it didn't win enough republican support. >> good morning, everyone. >> reporter: the speaker says the ball is in the president's court. >> unless the president and congress take action, tax rates will go up on every american taxpayer and devastating the defense cuts will go into effect in 10 days. >> reporter: his bill would have extended tax rates for households making a million dollars a year. the president put the threshold at $400,000. the white house and democrats here on capitol hill are frustrated that speaker boehner spent the last several days pushing plan b instead of focusing on a bigger compromise. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and
on the fiscal cliff. today president obama called on house speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table. >> the american people are a lot more sensible and a lot more thoughtful and much more willing to compromise and give and sacrifice and act responsibly than their elected representatives are. >> now, the first family on their way to hawaii for the holidays. the president says he'll return to washington if there's a deal. >>> there were five funerals in newtown, connecticut, today for two adults and three children. six-year-old olivia engle loved being a big sister and helping her little brother explore. dillon loved chocolate. grace's family says she dreamed of being a painter. >>> we started to see all the ribbons and all your tributes to emily, everywhere, and a lot of you guys don't even know who she is. a lot of you never even met her. >> the last two faculty members were also laid to rest today. rachel's boyfriend was planning to propose on christmas eve. school psychologist mary sherlock was remembered for her devotion to kids in trouble. >>> condolence letters have overw
and with budgeted talks in disarray, president obama and speaker john boehner are searching for a way to avoid tumbling over. >> we move forward together or we don't move forward at all. so, as we leave town for a few days to be with our families through the holidays. i hope it gives some perspective. >> we propose plans that democrats used to support but now they won't. i don't want taxes to go up. republicans don't want taxes to go up. but we only run the house, democrats continue to run washington. >> gregg: national correspondent steve centanni joins us live from washington. >> reporter: d.c. may be some shutting down for christmas but the clock hasn't stopped and fiscal cliff is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from going up. joan boehner pulled plug on the plan "b" and he says it is now up to the president and g.o.p. is continuing to hammer away at president obama. >> this is the year size of our debt surpassed the our economy. a grim milestone if we don't come to grips to w it. the president's plan to raise tax rates ko could still be as far as eye could see
you next week. >> the house did not take up >> after speaking with president obama speaker boehner released a statement saying it's time for the act ready to find a solution that can pass both houses of congress. he also spoke to reporters earlier this morning about why his plan b legislation was pulled from the house vote thursday evening whfment asked how to solve the nation's fiscal problems speaker boehner said god only knows. he's fold by other democratic leaders responding to his remarks. >> the house did not take up the tax bill last night because we did not have the votes to pass. it is not the outcome that i wanted. was the will of the house. unless the president and congress take action, tax rates will go up on every american taxpayer and devastating defense cuts will go into effect in 10 days. the house has already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff. we passed a bill replacing the president's sequestered with irresponsible spending cuts. we did that last may. we passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the american people scheduled to take effect january 1, and w
not support it president obama says he just told speaker boehner and senate majority leader harry reid exactly what to do, and he says they can get it done. before automatic spending cuts and tax hikes kick in on new year's day. ed henry live at the white house. ed? so what's the president's new plan? >> well, harris, the president said he came into the briefing room and said maybe is he a hopeless optimist but is he a new slim down three point plan that he says can pass in 10 days. basically extend tax cuts for 98% of americans. he said both parties agree with that extend unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. those are expiring about a week after christmas. that's a big problem. and then he says come back and do spending cuts and deficit reduction in the new year. he is telling lawmakers take a few days off. relax over the holidays and maybe we'll all come together. take a listen. >> sing some christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones. and then i would ask every member of congress while they are back home to think about that think about the obligations we have to the people w
and cut spending continued to separate democrats and republicans. president obama called on house speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table and avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> the remarks came after speaker boehner failed to gather enough of his party's support to bring his so-called plan b to the floor for a vote. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than a million dollars a year. house and senate members will be back at the capital on december 27th looking for that solution. >>> wall street worried about the "fiscal cliff" talks, stocks closed sharply lower today. the dow dropped more than 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29 points. the s&p dropped, as well. >>> california cannot stop people from using the so-called conversion therapy to try to turn gay minors straight. the federal appeals court issued an emergency order late this afternoon putting the law banning the therapy on hold. the law was the first of its kind set to take effect january 1. li
. >>> if you're still listening to president obama and house speaker john boehner you'd be thinking the fiscal cliff fight is about taxes. >> unless the president and congress take action, taxz rates will go up on every american taxpayer. >> if the argument is that they can't do -- they can't increase tax rates on folks making $700,000 or $800,000 a year, that's not a persuasive argue tomt me and certainly not to the american people. >> so here is the rub. the discussion centers on whether or not to let the top income tax rate jump from 35% to 39.6% on the marginal part, the part above the number, let's call it $400,000. but john boehner says don't give the government more revenue because it already spends altogether too much. now, the question is not really about that 4.6% difference on what the rich will pay in taxes. the real conversation boils down to the role of government. generally speaking, democrats are willing to entertain a bigger role of government in society. republicans want to roll it back. it's ideology. but a more constructive conversation would be how much do we expect to ben
representantes john boehner dijo hoy que sigue abierto a negociar con el presidente barack obama para evitar el llamado abismo fiscal. y turistas de todo el mundo se reunen en sitios arqueologicos de mexico y guatemala para celebrar el final de un ciclo del calendario maya y el inicio de otro.mas esta tarde en noticiero univision ♪. lugar sagrado para los mayas fue recibida con mucha fe y esperanza que el mundo serÁ un lugar mejor. >>> en la pe neno sula existen mÁs de 2000 se note de belleza, que se uno fundaron para ser capital es la del tiempo. >>> ricardo pudo entrar a alguno de ellos y nos muestra estas cavernas que guardan grandes secretos. >>> estamos entrando a las entraÑoas de la tierra. >>> esto es lo que los mayas conocÍan como... el infra mundo y las cuevas y esto conecta la superficie con el reino de los dioses del mal. >>> cuando crean el universo hacen tres niveles, el cielo, la tierra y esto, lo que es el invierno para nosotros. >>> la penÍnsula es una planicie tropical que se formÓ en el fondo del mar por sed mientociÓn, y son el resultado de desilusiÓn de rocas por l
boehner is encouraging republicans to work with democrats to avoid the fiscal cliff. this comes a day after president obama said he will pursue a less am by shougs budget deal with republicans. there is good news no matter what congress does to address the problem, it is too late for employers to with hold income taxes from paychecks next month. employers are going to with hold the tax for the 2012 rates. >> president obama is restricting the number of inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years. there will be only two official parties right now. there was 10 held the last time around. there will be a concert honoring military families held on saturday before the inauguration. >> before the ina ration christmas. we are three days away. the holiday came a little early for some people. the women's organization has been an outreach to families that have people that are ill or incarcerated. >> thank you for all the people have done. this is overpowering. >> tears of joy as the washington wizards and volunteers delivered bags of gifts to her home. >> my
passed the house of representatives meets that test. nothing. president obama and speaker boehner. poised to strike a grand bargain a couple of days ago. we have heard that before. instead of making -- instead of making our dresses about compromise, the speaker retreated to his corner and resorted to political stunts. that is done, and fell flat. it is time for the speaker and all republicans to return to the negotiating table. we have never left. it is time for republicans to work with us to find a middle ground. it is the only hope of averting the devastating impact of the fiscal cliff. the fiscal cliff needs to be avoided. in the meantime, the speaker should bring the middle class tax cuts for a vote. we know it would pass. all he has to do is let democrats vote with some republicans. it will pass. the clock is ticking until the nation goes over the fiscal cliff and taxes go up for every family. there is still time for the speaker to hit the brakes and avoid the cliff. we do not need a thelma and louise projection over the cliff. the senate-passed bill would protect 98% of families and
is in the nation's capital this morning. so president obama's in hawaii. house speaker john boehner and other lawmakers have gone home for the holidays. what does all this mean for the chance of getting a deal done before the deadline? >> reporter: no doubt that president obama went to a warmer climate with the weather and probably a warmer climate politically. if there's any negotiating that will be done now, it will have to be done long distance for the next few days. we know that speaker boehner and president obama spoke in washington yesterday before they left. but when you hear their final words to reporters, it shows there is a continued public divide. >> the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. but the president has -- what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class amer
is an example of how washington d.c. is broken, but i don't fault boehner, i fault president obama and the tea party. >> jamie: mike, at this point politically theater or not, the question is sitting on the edge of their seat. why is it going this way? why is the president away? why is john boehner saying it's up to the president? how do you see this whole thing playing out? >> well, i think speaker boehner had a really tough day. if this were a parliamentary system they'd throw him out as leader. he went to the caucus and they said we're not going to follow along. he they got 95% of what they wanted on the tax, maybe 99% and he said, well, i'm going to punt my responsibility, kick it to the senate, to the president and hope they can figure it out. the congress has the power of the purse strings. they have the ability to cut and spend on what they want to spend upon and to hear the speak her just say, that that's really up to somebody else is an abdication of responsibility. >> michael, michael, you and i both know, being washington d.c. insiders, it has to be compromise. let's look at what bo
, but so far, the politicians seem no closer to averting the plunge. president obama is pressing for action. he had this to say just a few minutes ago. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reid. i have asked the leaders of congress to prevent tax hikes on middle-class americans, protect unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lay the groundwork for further work. that is an achievable goal. that can get down in 10 days. >> president obama there on the upcoming fiscal cliff. joining me now to discuss the standoff is the bbc's ben wright. thank you very much. was there anything in the president's speech that would give us any cause for optimism that is the cliff can beat averted? >> i thought his tone was interesting. he was optimistic an exasperated at the same time. he reminded people in congress they only have 10 days left to find a deal before there's this huge hike in taxes and cuts in spending. he said a deal of some sort is an achievable goal. he reminded people in congress that nobody can get 100% of what they want. democrats are trying to protect
left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the fiscal cliff. president obama headed to vaue within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiatns with the president have, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbers, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be option collapsin
know that president obama did speak by phone with speaker john boehner yesterday, met at the white house with democrat harry reid. however, publicly what is being said sounds a whole lot like it has over the past couple of weeks, which tells us, randi, we're not exactly sure if we're going to get something worked out in the next few days. >> yeah, that's the question, of course. are we any closer? and i guess we don't really know. what about for workers? will they see any extra taxes coming out of their paychecks right on january 1st if there isn't a deal? >> you know, imagine being a payroll check processor at this point. they do not know what to do. if they are going to issue checks to people on the first week of the new year, a lot of people are expecting them to come, they have to cut those checks next week. and as of now, the irs hasn't told these companies how much they should be withholding taxes because they don't know because of this impasse in washington. so a lot of uncertainty about when this would start to be applied. would it be retroactively. don't know what your fir
fall off the fiscal cliff, and there is still no deal in sight. tonight, president obama urged congress to broker a scaled-down deal. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> yesterday the house speaker john boehner failed to garner enough support from his own party to even hold a vote on his plan to raise taxes for those with an income over $1 million. >> while we may have not been able to get the votes last night to avert 99.81% of the tax increases, i don't think -- they weren't taking that out on me. they were dealing with the perception somebody might accuse them of raising taxes. >> chief white house correspondent jessica yellin, senior congressional correspondent dana bash, nice to see both of you. jess character the president's mes
. 2012] >> and visit's radio address, president obama and michelle obama gave a christmas address. house speaker boehner gave the republican address. he talked about the so-called fiscal cliff. >> hi, everybody. as you gather with family and friends, michele and i wanted to wish you a merry christmas and happy holidays. >> we love this time of year. there is nothing like celebrating the holidays at the white house. it is an incredible experience that we try to share with as many folks as possible. this month more than 90,000 people will come to the white house to see the holiday decorations. this yours thing was joy to all. was joy to all. >> this week and parents are picking up their kids from college and making room for all the laundry they are bringing with them. kids are counting down the hours until their grandparents arrive. cousins and aunts and uncles aren't joining the family for the holiday spirit. -- are joining families for the holiday spirit. this year that is especially true for our military families. the war in iraq is over. after a decade of war, our heroes are coming hom
a plan to avert spending cuts and big tax hikes january 1st. president obama is calling on congress to craft at least a minimal deal and confident both sides will come to an agreement. this week, republicans rejected an alternative tax plan by speaker john boehner, that would have prevented taxes from rising on income under one million a year. well, there's a new law getting ugly for the good looking. iowa supreme court bosses can legally fire anybody they see as an irresisttable atraction, he fired her because he felt she was attraction to his fidelity to his wife. >> neil: get ready for new fees to fly in the new year. from southwest airlines. you miss a flight and don't cancel your discount ticket, you're going to pay up. overweight bags get ready to lighten up your wallet more. if you're overweight get ready to be killed. just-- (laughter) southwest says it needs the money. what about letting us keep them. >> it's so ridiculous and makes me so-- the airlines fees are like tattoos, never ever go away they just go up, up, up, up. >> neil: that depends where the tattoos are. i do.
-called fiscal cliff on friday here in washington. first, speaker boehner's morning news conference, followed by house minority leader's nancy pelosi i. then president obama friday afternoon from the white house. issue is not whether health care will be stigmatized or condemned. we know the answer to that. the issue is how many different times can the government to punish him as a result of that moral condemnation. the answer in the double jeopardy clause is one. >> starting monday and a threat christmas week, c-span.org radio is featuring supreme court arguments by current justices before they were on the bench. you can listen to c-span.org radio in the washington baltimore area at 90.1 fm. or online at c-span.org. >> if you worked for him, you would get a material, sometimes generous, sometimes over barry -- overbearing, almost cruel boss. he did not know how to apologize. men of his age and class, they are not going to apologize to their secretaries or typist. he had a way of turning the tables in his version of an apology, which would be to say, i am actually a very kind man, and you are
benefits are extended. listen to what president obama said last night and also listen to what some of the house republican resistance from speaker boehner to his sort of short-term plan here. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an aachievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs at a time when far too many of our citizens are struggling to find them. >> reporter: but so now, miguel, the plan is to just deal with the tax hikes, stop them from kicking in. that's what president obama wants to do, and we're not going to be seeing any sort of big agreement that would also include long-term deficit reduction dealing with entitlement reform and spending cuts. what republicans wanted to see. so that's something that may be dealt wi
. >> holman: boehner's plan would have raised tax rates for households making more than $1 million, whereas president obama would raise rates on incomes above $400,000. but last night, as the vote neared, it became clear that at least two dozen rank-and-file republicans still opposed any increase. so party leaders abruptly ended the session. >> the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> holman: at that point, republicans called an emergency meeting here in their capitol conference room, and leaders told members they did not have the votes. they announced the house would break until after christmas, but did not name a date when the chamber would reconvene. today, the speaker dismissed any suggestion that the turn of events was a rejection of his leadership. >> they weren't taking that out on me. they were dealing with the perception that somebody might accuse them of raising taxes. >> holman: democrats said the speaker had wasted a week, only to be slapped down by his own party. house minority whip steny hoyer: >> last night's vote showed us that resolving the challe
people go on about how obama really believes that the only way to do this is so bipartisan and that he's still waiting for john boehner and mitch mcconnell to become decent. of course he doesn't think that. but he knows that he's not mitt romney saying 47% of the country are people that i have nothing to do with and i don't care about. he knows that he's the president of the people of the united states which includes 47 percent ironically who voted for mitt romney. and so you know, you have to be able to say, well, why is the first african american man to run for the office of president not willing to say as he's running for president, "oh, and by the way i believe in gay marriage in 2008." i get it. it's easy to understand that. and if what that means is that i have to wait for the day that a president says, "i believe in same sex marriage," i'm willing to wait. and i waited and he said it. this man believes what we believe and i actually got a chance to say this to him. >> to obama? >> that, you know, lincoln at one point in the lincoln-douglas was disappointed when douglas made a pa
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